March 2016

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Can you believe these assholes stole my sister-in-law’s picture of me, NOT licensed for commercial use, and printed brochures with me on the cove without a model release?
It’s one set of rules when you’re just taking pictures for yourself or for the press, but it’s another when you use them to make a commercial profit.

VIDEO: MOVIES: REVIEW: Superman vs. The Elite (2012) (animated)

5/5 stars, 9/10 from both of us.
Native rating is 4.0/5 stars, 7.2/10.

Pragmatism clashes with idealism in a battle that is as much about current-world 2012 politics as it is about superheroes.

When the hell did Superman become politically relevant in a post-911 world?

Among other things, Bialya == Libya, and The Elite are pretty much a direct metahpor to the post-911 way of thinking and handling criminals, while Superman represents the pre-911 way of handling criminals.

The so-called Bruce Timm-verse of animated DC comics has been an amazing thing to experience over the past 20 years, but he is only one of 4 executive producers. He didn’t get directly involved with this one, and it has a very different (incongruous to Timm’s direct productions) feel because of that. THIS IS A GOOD THING. Variety is nice.

Seeing a whole new team of superpowered individuals that I’d never heard of was pretty cool too. The character design for Managerie was awesome!

It’s hard to fail us with these animated comic movies. They are a good substitute for the three superhero cartoons we miss the most: Batman:TAS (1990s), Superman:TAS (1990s), and Justice League (2000s).


14 new photos uploaded just now (March 21, 2016 at 11:37AM).

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BEWARE of Eliminator-brand blacklights!

As a lifelong owner of blacklights, I’ve not owned worse blacklights. It is unfortunate that I bought 12 of them. 5 failed within the first 2 months. They also don’t cooperate with x10 controllers very well, causing them to turn on and off spontaneously. The Ebay seller – Blue Haze Entertainment – dicked me around, played games, straight-up lied about replacements coming (as a stall tactic to avoid repercussions), and ultimately lost a Paypal dispute (PayPal Case Number PP-003-363-521-445 was adjudicated in my favor, returning $118.74 of the $284.97 I spent, but of course at least one more failed after that, & I won’t get THAT money back, or the money I paid to have mounts installed that match the mount points on this specific model).

Blacklight bamboozling at their best. Stay away from Blue Haze Entertainment, their shitty blacklights, their shitty customer service, and their shitty business practices.

Blue Haze Entertainment store, Eliminator lights, blacklights.

July 18, 2014.


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VIDEO: MOVIE: REVIEW: Source Code (2011)

4/5 stars, 8/10 from both of us.
Native rating: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix’s guess for us=4.4!), 7.5/10.

From the director of Moon (which is better than this film), this movie is basically a “poor man’s 12 Monkeys”.

It was interesting.  Not much happened, but interest was held.

It was a unique way of looking at time travel.

But I just can’t help but think of it as being derivative of 12 Monkeys, which pulled it off much better. I don’t mind derivative works, but this just wasn’t as brilliant as 12 Monkeys.
Still as good as any blockbuster movie, though.

A lot of people have problems with the ending scenes (after the kiss).
I don’t.
They are hard to understand, and I had to read about them on the forums to fully grasp it myself, but everything actually makes sense, and the critics of the final scenes are largely divided between those who get angry when they don’t understand something right away, and film snobs who hate happy endings and assume they are tacked on by film executives mucking with the plot.
Reading the complaints of those people is frustrating!


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